Meet our 2019 Artists!

AKIO MAROON is a dedicated Single Mother, an Educator, and an International Human Rights Advocate who identifies as a queer, gender-fluid Black person. Akio has spent just over 11 years employed in the field of Occupation Health & Safety and 14 years in Human Rights Advocacy. As a passionate Community Organizer who has been a powerful and consistent voice on the topics of Consent Culture, Black Liberation, Equality, Workers & Sex Professionals Rights and Violence Against Women. For three years Akio sat (until the Ford administration) on Ontario's Permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women providing innovative policy advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues and assisting in the implementation of the It's Never Ok Action Plan. Akio Maroon is a Executive Board member at Pride Toronto and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, the founding Director of the Toronto Childcare Collective (TCC) an organization that supports the participation of parents, in racial socioeconomic and justice work, and the founding Director of Grind Toronto - Toronto’s only sex positive movement for Black, Indigenous folks and People of Colour that celebrates safer sex and promotes consent culture. [Bodies in Resistance]

Adriana Rolston is a Toronto-based writer and artist. Her art is rooted in intersectional feminism and explores themes of bisexual visibility, sex-positivity and body-positivity. She specializes in abstract vulva portraits using paper mache and a variety of mixed media. Her art uses tongue-in-cheek humour, pop-culture themes and reverent imagery to celebrate the unique diversity of vulvas while positioning the vulva as a beautiful, powerful force in our culture // @vulvarebel // [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

Alyssa Pisciotto is an emerging artist from LaSalle, Ontario. Now residing in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drawing and Painting and minoring in Printmaking.

Amanda Isadore Apuksikn Amour-Lynx is a Mi’kmaq First Nations interdisciplinary artist, social worker and educator living in Toronto, Ontario, on Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. She was born and grew up in Tiotia:ke (Montreal). She is an OCAD University BFA student studying Drawing and Painting, minoring in Indigenous Visual Culture. Her work combines art and activism, focusing on Indigenous storywork and community-based approaches to explore healing trauma and collective truths. She incorporates spirituality, the occult and mysticism into her personal practice. [BEAVER HALL GALLERY]

BABIA MAJORA (they/them) is a trans non binary artist and activist who seeks to dismantle gender on stage and in everyday life, and believes that bisexuality exists beyond a gender binary. They co-produce and host Fuck Shit Up; Toronto’s monthly trans and non-binary cabaret at the Gladstone hotel, and are a member of Canada’s first BIPOC centred burlesque troupe, Les Femmes Fatales: Women of Colour Burlesque Troupe. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

BI RIOT has been jamming recreationally on a regular basis for a couple of years. Rick performed at the TBN 30th anniversary celebration and at many protests. Cheryl plays drums for multiple local bands. Lindsey has played drums and bass for a number of local bands. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

Bianca Boom Boom - the Triple B with the Double D's and a High C -  is a multidisciplinary striptease sensation. This effervescent beauty has delighted audiences from coast to coast with her signature blend of wit, sass, charm and dazzling vocals.  She is a published pinup, an award winning chanteuse and has been featured in major burlesque festivals and queer events across North America.  [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

BEN BERMAN GHAN is an author and editor from Toronto Canada and an incoming MA student at Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program. His fix-up novel What We See in the Smoke was published in June 2019. His short fiction, poetry, and essays (but mostly fiction) have appeared in The Goose, The UC Review, Indigo Lit, Occulum Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, South 85, Liquid Imagination, The Sweet Tree Review, The Spectatorial, The Trinity Review, Terse Literary Journal, The Strand, Intersections, Augur Journal blog, and The White Wall Review. He has served as the Fiction Editor of The Spectatorial, and Associate Editor for The Goose and the Hart House Review. He is currently the editor of a book of non-fiction for Guernica Editions and the Prose editor of Terse Journal. His writing occurs in the place where the ideas of classic science fiction meet the interpersonal concerns of all literature. @inkstainedwreck / facebook: / and website is Also @crowsnestbooks / // [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

CHARLIE C PETCH is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring their spoken word theatre piece, "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series. and [Bodies in Resistance]

Christine Demore (aka DemoreDemerrier) is an artist & writer who uses acrylic pour painting as a way to explore vulnerability, identity, living with mental illness, and abuse recovery. She is a proud feminist, bisexual, and mental health & justice warrior. She resides in downtown Toronto with her partner and cat, living the urban life this small town girl always dreamed about. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

CLEOPATRIA PETERSON is an illustrator, storyteller, and prolific zine-maker based in Toronto, Canada. They graduated from Ryerson University's Fashion Communication program and are currently in their final year at OCAD for Publications. Their work focuses on themes of nature, healing trauma, community, and addressing existing as a non-binary racialized person in Canada. , , [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

CLIF KNIGHT (he/him) is a young up and coming comedian based in Toronto, Canada. Born in Georgetown, Guyana Clif made his way to Toronto in 2011 where he studied business at Humber College before getting into comedy. Since then he’s been a prominent face in standup, improv and musical comedy appearing on The Nubian Show with Kenny Robinson, Prove You’re A Comic Competition at Absolute Comedy, Tinder Tales and SHADE. Clif is part of the QAPD Queer and Present Danger Collective that helps bring more inclusion and safe spaces particularly for LGBT2+ performers.He has featured in the NXNE Music Festival as a musical comedian in ‘GoodKnight’, performed at Yuk Yuks, Absolute Comedy as well as The Comedy Nest and performed his well received one man show ‘CLIF KNIGHT SUCKS!’ at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.His particular brand of standup is storytelling with a bit of a Caribbean twist and will leave audiences rolling with laughter wanting more! @clifknightcomic [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

DANIEL KARASIK (they/them) is a writer and organizer in Toronto. “Plenitude” was a finalist in this year’s Writing in the Margins contest at Briarpatch Magazine, where their journalism on prison abolition and trans liberation also recently appeared. Another new poem is featured in, confusingly, Plenitude Magazine. They struggle for labour justice with the Fight For $15 and Fairness movement and volunteer with a restorative justice-based healing/rehabilitation program for former prisoners, among other community work things. They are also the author of some books, including a poetry collection, Hungry (Cormorant Books), and most recently the fiction collection Faithful and Other Stories (Guernica Editions). @joy.and.defiance on Instagram and @fondfaun on Twitter. [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

DELICIA PASTICHE and HENRIETTA VIII are producers of Nerd Girl Burlesque, producing bi-monthly nerd based shows in Toronto and both have been performing in the Toronto burlesque scene for over 5 years. Henrietta is known for their drag and gender-bending acts, while Delicia is a sultry vixen on stage. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

Dorianne Emmerton grew up in the woods on the North Channel of Lake Huron and currently lives in the metropolis of Toronto. She loves both of those environments, but wishes the drive between them didn’t take so long. Two of her short stories will be featured in the upcoming 2018 anthologies Ink Stains and Tesseracts Twenty-One, and previous work has been included in the anthology Friend. Follow. Text #storiesFromLivingOnline; and Issue #1 of Beer And Butter Tarts, as well as a personal essay in A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. She is currently working on a space opera novella in collaboration with Ottawa band Saturnfly, and a novel about occult magic in Northern Ontario. She has a wonderful chosen family, an adorable son, and a black cat. [CURATOR - AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

FALLON SIMARD is an Anishinaabe artist and filmmaker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 Territory. Their work examines state violence perpetrated on to Indigenous bodies within a context of colonialism. Their work looks at intersections of land, extraction, mental health, and violence. and IG: @waasegiizhigook [BEAVER HALL GALLERY] and [Bodies in Resistance]

FRANNY MCCABE-BENNETT (she/her) is an actor, comedian, playwright, director, and producer. Born in Oakville, studied at the University of Guelph, Humber College, Second City (Toronto) and a million workshops in between. Fringe Festival veteran: Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg. Best known for her work as a comic actress, Franny is a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working on the stage and in front of the camera. She's also been known to design and operate a puppet or two and plays the ukulele. She has a theatre/sketch duo that has been performing and touring since 2013 ( If you follow her on Instagram, you will likely see lots of pictures of pizza and dogs.

Fuzzwumpet offers handmade, beautifully designed self-care kits for anyone who gets triggered or overstimulated while out and about. My products are designed based on my own experience with PTSD, anxiety and autism and informed by skills and strategies used in trauma therapy. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

Hanlon McGregor is a trans and queer writer/performer/film maker with a BA in Acting from Dalhousie University, performed professionally, and co-wrote fringe theatre in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and taught dance and movement to acting students at Memorial University. Hanlon founded and ran an independent dance company in Toronto from 1998-2006. In 2012 Hanlon began writing and performing monologues based on his personal exploration of gender and coming out to himself as trans. This led to writing the play Unexpectedly Trans, with co-writer Mihaly Szabados, which premiered as a workshop at the Halifax Fringe in 2017. Hanlon and Mihaly developed material from the play to make the short film Holding Hands with the Awkward (2018). In March, the OAC awarded Hanlon a playwriting grant for ‘Bubble Trans Pride’ which premiered as a workshop production at Halifax Fringe in 2018.

HEATHER KORI REID (they/them) is a mad, fat, nonbinary, queer (bi-Demi/grey ace who is grey aro/bi-romo) emerging poet from Toronto. Their works focus on variety of topics (fatness, queerness etc) but mostly on madness and resilience. They hope to foster empathy in others through beautiful words. When they are not writing they spend time with friends and their cats. Heather can be often found where the wine and books are.

Heather Robertson is a Toronto-based printmaker and illustrator. Her artwork is a personal essay of love, loss, depression, and coping mechanisms, expressed through a combination of high contrast text and line drawings. Her most recent work takes printing and illustrating live with public demonstrations and spontaneous collaborations. To get in contact you can find her at @djbreakfast on Instagram. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

JADE (they/them) is a queer, bi+, mad identified artist, children's author, performer, and activist. Jade calls the Toronto LGBTQ2SIA+ community home, and believes that everyone has the power to live out their truth. Jade is in school for mental health and spiritual care, and facilitates art healing workshops for the LGBTQ+ community. Most importantly, Jade loves everything and anything with sparkles!

JESS TAYLOR is a Toronto writer and poet. Her second collection, Just Pervs, will be released by Book*hug in Canada in Fall 2019. Recently, a short story from that collection, "Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love", was long-listed for The Journey Prize and included in The Journey Prize Anthology 30. The title story from her first collection, Pauls (BookThug, 2015), "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess believes that collaboration and helping other writers is an important part of her writing practice and continues to organize events in the community. She is currently working on a novel, Play, and a continuation of her life poem, Never Stop. [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

KAT PRUSS (she/her) is the designer and editor of CRUSH zine. You can find her drawings at She recently completed a residency with the Feminist Art Collective at Artscape, Gibraltor Point. Kat lives on the west-end of Toronto and is a proud aunt and cat-momma. She grew up in small-town southern Ontario. Her work explores themes of self and sexuality in a narrative context. She studied Visual Art at University of Toronto and Design at Seneca College. Her most recent book was published by Steel Bananas, (Vancouver, Leeds), with funding from The Canada Council for the Arts.[EDITOR & DESIGNER, CRUSH]

Keet Geniza is an artist born and raised in Manila. MAKE! SHIFT! LOVE! is a project and practice that centers the intertwined processes of making, shifting and loving as a queer, brown, pinay femme immigrant. Through representational art and illustrations, comics, writings and zines, MAKE! SHIFT! LOVE! is a practice that facilitates her ongoing quest to untangle and reconcile the roots of past woundings, explore and transform her engagement with solitude and invisibility, and navigate the cusps between personal heritage and narrative reinvention. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

Kimberley Dewing is a Toronto-based artist, illustrator, and designer. Her passion is working in watercolour. Kimberley's greatest sources of inspiration are the sensual and pragmatic qualities of the human form, the beauty and folk-lore of local plants species, and her experiences in the city as a queer woman.  Social Media: Instagram @ Kviolets // Twitter @ kimberleydewing // Website @ [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

KOHENET ANNIE MATAN (she/her) is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Matanot Lev | Gifts of the Heart, Toronto’s radically inclusive Jewish community. An ordained Kohenet Hebrew Priestess, she also earned a certificate in Experiential Education from the Pardes Center for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and studied for two years in the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal Rabbinic Ordination program. Annie has been facilitating sacred experiences for adults and families, including new moon circles, Shabbat and holiday services, Passover seders, and life cycle transitions for almost 20 years. She specializes in supporting people through transitions with spaciousness, soul-centred spiritual guidance, ritual and song. Annie is dedicated to widening access to Jewish wisdom and spirituality with offerings that are accessible and open to people of all backgrounds.

KRISTINE MAITLAND (she/her) is a cabaret singer, dance instructor and workshop facilitator. A member of the Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance (TBVA), she has taught her take on dirty dancing at a number of events, including the 9th International Conference on Bisexuality (2006) and More Pleasure and Possibilities (2014).

L'Amour-Propre makes queer and sex positive accessories. The business came about from us wanting more options for stylish, minimalist, kink and queer friendly goods. We make engraved keychains, pins, and jewelry, as well as leather accessories. L'Amour-Propre is also the sister company of Weal and Breech, which focuses on making high-quality BDSM implements. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

Lana Kouchnir is an award-winning performance artist and arts facilitator. Her writings and performances center queer Ukrainian folklore and mythology and are driven by a multidisciplinary, community-based approach to storytelling. Lana graduated from the 2015-2016 Transdisciplinary Arts Residency at the Watah Theatre; she was a recipient of the Watah Theatre's Outstanding Performance Award for her workshop presentation of Vovk, a one-woman play created under the mentorship and dramaturgy of d'bi. young anitafrika. She was selected as a 2015-2016 City of Ottawa 'Youth in Culture' Youth Advisory Committee member and is currently working on her first poetry collection. 

Laura Innis - karmabeads is a labour of love for Laura Innis, a queer enby artist who handmakes one of a kind wearable works of art. Her work incorporates semi-precious gemstones, recycled glass and (her own) hand-twisted wire beads. One area of Laura’s designs emphasize colourways that represent the diversity of rainbow communities, with a particular focus on those who wish to wear colours that represent them, but in an understated way. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

leah benetti - "pseudonym" is the nefarious brain-child of leah benetti. It began in late 2015, when she forsake the bitter shores of the university and lake ontario, to joining of the spontaneous prose store in new orleans, where she bound books for street poets and learned the art of poet 4 hire herself, which she contixnued practicing upon her return to canada. She has written poems in numerous cities, on numerous topics, for numerous people,  and she hopes that thru this medium and thru her future mediums, her viewers will feel understood and vulnerable in human ways. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

lwrds (pronounced ‘lords’) is an interdisciplinary artist developing critically-engaged work that celebrates and centers the liberation of 2-Spirit, non-binary, queer, trans, intersex, Black, Indigenous, racialized, and invisibilized peoples everywhere. lwrds’ work responds to their personal journey of healing sexual trauma at the intersections of gender variance, blackness and indigeneity (complicated by an imposed latinidad they reject due to its colonial underpinnings), and disability for reasons of neurodivergence and chronic illness. A born storyteller with a deep commitment to healing personal and collective traumas, their material approach is an intuitive process of learning with other non-human beings, valuing energetic exchanges with all that exists. [BEAVER HALL GALLERY]

MARGEAUX FELDMAN is a writer and educator living in Toronto, where she's completing her PhD in English Literature and Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T. Margeaux has certificates in Community-Engaged Learning and Conflict Resolution, which she's used to create and facilitate workshops on community-based approaches to conflict transformation, queer and trans-inclusivity, and collaging as a form of self-care for those living with trauma. A chronically ill, queer femme, and published writer, Margeaux's created spaces for fellow sick babes to share their stories. She's the curator of "Unruly Bodies: A Night of Storytelling" and one of the founding members of "Sick Theories: A Conference on Sickness and Sexuality."

MEGAN FEHELEY is a two spirit/non-binary/ililiw (Moose Cree)/settler interdisciplinary artist and curator living and working out of Toronto. They are currently working towards their BFA in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University, and work predominantly in sculpture/installation, beadwork, textiles, painting and video. Megan is passionate about resurgent practices, language revitalization, working with materials that connect them to their homeland, and exploring Indigenous and queer futurity. They really, really like tea. During their time as co-president of the Indigenous Student Association (ISA) at OCAD University, Megan has been a core organizer of initiatives to support and uplift emerging Indigenous artists, as well as an advocate for equitable education and community centred practices. As part of their work with the ISA, they have also co-curated 4 exhibitions: Arrive:Tewá:ko-Dagoshin-Otiacicoh- Takoshin-Bagamaawaniidiwag, Terra Incognita, Flux Refusal and Between Ice and Earth. Their current projects include curatorial work as well as ongoing experimental installation work. and @sakihitisowin [BEAVER HALL GALLERY]

MICHELLE COLASUONNO (she/her) is the host of Toronto Bisexual Network’s monthly Bi+ Brunches. She is a self-proclaimed weirdo who enjoys meeting new persons and welcoming them to the community. An advocate for mental health, equity, diversity and inclusion, Michelle is passionate about helping persons on their journey towards self-acceptance and self-love.

Monster Cliche is the love child of staying up late to watch anime and stumbling upon "Fridays Without Borders" on Showcase. A mix of cute, colourful, spooky, and lewd, Monster Cliche is a representation of queer sexuality which hopes to inspire others to be fearless. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

MUGABI BYENKYA is a writer, poet and occasional rapper. He was born in Nigeria, to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays and poetry have been published in The Good Men Project, Amethyst Magazine, African Writer, Arts and Africa and The Kalahari Review, among others. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda, Africa In Dialogue and Brittle Paper, among other media outlets. Mugabi's writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut experimental epistolary speculative novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 42 city, 4 country North America/East Africa tour in support of this. In 2018, Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage in the 56 years since independence by Writivism. Dear Philomena, was named a Ugandan bestseller in the same year. Mugabi wants to be Jaden Smith when he grows up.

Natalie Very B. is a published Polish-Canadian illustrator and educator. Her artistic career is based on investigation of whimsical shapes of feminism in today’s world, as well as teaching creative skills to the youth. Her paintings reveal many Slavic folklore influences, while myths and legends are a constant source of inspiration whenever she creates a new body of work. Equality between sexes is a major issue in today’s society and a strong incentive for her to make illustrations that depict women as beautiful, empowered, and strong. Her artwork emanates wistful longing, tangible nostalgia, and exploration of the concept of “home” as a haunting visual element. [POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

ORORO MONROE (Ze/Zem) is a baby burlesquer that was introduced to Burlesque via Body Love with Dainty Smith and Ravyn Wyngz. Ze has trained with Ill Nana Dance Collective & Belle Jumelles since then. You may have seen zer’s tantalizing act at Femme Fatale’s show “RAGE” or Belle Jumelles Fresh AF. Always pulling at the heartstrings, Ororo is unapologetic about looking into your soul and getting zer way! As a queer black African femme, ze is all about shattering assumptions about normative standards of beauty, sexuality and sensuality. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

Pillow Talk features handmade pillows crafted in Toronto using locally-manufactured, 100% recycled, hypoallergenic, machine-washable stuffing, and new and upcycled fabrics.  Check out current inventory at //[POP-UP MARKET, SATURDAY]

ROBYN KAUR SIDHU (she/her/they/them) is a Queer, Punjabi-Canadian spoken word poet and pretender of knowing what she wants to do with her life. She is the 2018 American National Poetry Slam Rookie of the Year. She is a member of the Spoken Word Canada Board of Directors and the Hamilton Youth Poets. She has had feelings publicly, and has performed them on national and international stages in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She is trying to be gentle with herself. You can find Robyn in vintage cardigans or also on the internet if that’s your thing. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

SANDRA ALLAND (they/she) is a Glasgow-based writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. San has published three books of poetry, and Proper Tales Press has just launched their second chapbook of short fiction, Anything Not Measurable Is Not Real. Recent stories and essays appear in Deaf Poets Society, The Bi-ble: New Testimonials (Monstrous Regiment), We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology (404 Ink), and Protest!: Stories of Resistance (Comma Press). San co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), and has an essay upcoming in HA&L's Canadian Disability Poetics issue. They curate Scotland's disabled-led queer and trans arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! or @san_alland [Bodies in Resistance]

SARAH ASHBY (they/them, she/her, he/him) What do you get when you cross Regina George’s mean spirit and the physicality of Garth from Wayne’s World? Why you get Sarah Ashby! This 5 time roast battle champion and award winning comic can be seen performing Stand Up, Music Comedy and Drag as Nic Sparxxx all over southern Ontario! Check out their monthly music comedy show Comedy Mixtape at Comedy Bar! [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

SANCHARI SUR (she/they) is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, and has also received grants and fellowships from Ontario Arts Council and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their work can be found in Toronto Book Award shortlisted The Unpublished City (2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Prism International, Humber Literary Review, Room, and elsewhere. An excerpt from their play was showcased at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as a part of QueerCab (May 2019). Currently, a doctoral candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series (est. Jan 2017), they live and write in Mississauga. Find them on Instagram and Twitter as @sanchari_sur. [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

SHERI OSDEN NAULT is an artist of Métis and mixed European descent. Situated within personal and political contexts, their art practice and research are grounded in queer, feminist, and Indigenous world-views. They strive to elicit a sense of social and ecological responsibility and intimacy on a damaged planet, recently focusing on connections between bodies, sexuality, and nature. They received an MFA from York University in 2017 and their BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Fix Your Hearts or Die at the Art Gallery of Alberta; Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies at the Dunlop Art Gallery; and it’s a towardness, really: and it’s been places too, at the White Water Gallery in North Bay. They were a member of the 2017 (postponed to 2018 due to flooding) cohort of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, on Toronto Island and a participant in the 2019 Indigenous Art Residency Ghost Days at the Banff Centre for the Arts. [BEAVER HALL GALLERY]

SHOHANA SHARMIN (she/her) is a writer, comedian, and a shady birch. Born and raised in Bangladesh, Shohana is a proud queer Muslim woman of colour and is fluent in three languages: Bengali, Hindi, English. Shohana is a member of the 2019 Emerging Creators Unit in Buddies in Bad Times theatre, presenting her first solo show "Come Here Often?" (under the mentorship of Catherine Hernandez of b current theatre, directed by Akosua Amo-Adem) as part of Queer Pride. She is a current Featured Player at the Bad Dog Theatre Company, and an alumna of the Second City’s Improv and Longform Conservatories. Shohana has performed in comedy and theatre festivals across North America. She can regularly be seen performing across Toronto with her award-winning troupe Not Oasis (2017 The Toronto Fringe Patrons Pick, NOW Critic’s Pick), the Bad Dog Featured Players, and The Kweendom (Ottawa Improv Festival, LadyFest Montreal). She wishes she could be more like her mother. [BI ARTS CABARET, SUNDAY]

SID DRMAY is a nonbinary queer artist who grew up online. Their work aims to mix the world wide web with the offline world through textiles, screenprinting and zines. They are based in Hamilton where their two cats get in the way of everything they make. [BEAVER HALL GALLERY]

SYD LAZARUS believes in order to best understand them, you should know they once cried over an episode of Rugrats. Being Disabled, Jewish, non-binary, queer, and a Pisces is reflective in their work is deeply. They have been published in print and online publications such as Shameless Mag, Trash Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and Bad Dog Review. They have had the privilege of attending the Banff Centre’s Spring Writing Retreat 2019 and are super thrilled have their first chapbook How to Lose Friends Without Really Trying coming out with Frog Hollow Press later this year. Feel free to follow them on instagram or Twitter @yourmonstergf, they are always happy to make new friends. [AUTHOR SHOWCASE]

Yahn Nemirovsky is a Toronto-based artist pursuing a BFA in Material Art & Design: Textiles at OCAD University, and working primarily in stitching, illustration and printed media. They are invested in a material and literary research of the narrative power of object art to demonstrate the craftsperson’s “making of body” by means of their labour, made palpable. Yahn’s work is driven by their body as a queer trans person in love, in intimacies, and eating whole raw vegetables on their walk to work. With great relish for two object realms in particular—those of zines and stitching samplers—they create objects which exist in the intersections of the fast, made-for-circulation ethos of much of zine culture, and the slow, one-of-a-kind making that is involved in much of domestic craft. At these intersections, a personal needlepoint piece is a comic to be shared, zines are soft and squishy, and works loom in and out of an awareness of BACK/FRONT, public/interior, and circulated/private.